Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight - The Evil Dead (2013)

Five friends become holed up in a remote cabin when they discover the "Naturon Demonto" and unwittingly awaken a dormant demonic presence living in the nearby woods. Soon after, the demons possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Thanks to the fine folks at Oldschool Sinema, I received a screening pass to see this film a little more than 2 weeks early, so I will try to do a review that is as spoiler free as humanly possible. Also, what better film to review for our 1,000th post here on DBH!

Now as many of you know, I friggin HATE remakes...that being said, this is not really a remake, but more like a new story in the Evil Dead line. Yes, it definitely has some of the parts of the original (the tree scene is in there...but is definitely different), but the main story itself and a lot of the events and occurrences are completely new and fresh. Its kinda a curse to have seen it so early cause I loved this film so much I just wanna scream what happens! The script is really good and the characters are believable. The only one I didn't like at first was the "teacher", but even he becomes somewhat likable in a stupid way as the film progresses, even though you're still pissed at him (must...not...spoil...). One thing I definitely can say is this is NOT for the kiddies. You will gag. I don't care how strong of a stomach you have, this movie will make you uncomfortable in the best way possible (I went with a friend who like never reacts to stuff...even he was like "OOOOOOH" at certain points). The director, Fede Alvarez, stated in an interview that all of the effects were actually done and no major CGI was used (only a few touch-ups). I discussed this with another friend who saw the film. She was a bit skeptical of this on two scenes, but after seeing the film myself I honestly believe they were not CGI (although I would LOVE if when this comes out on DVD they have some sort of Behind the FX featurette to I can see how the hell they did those two parts!). I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the the effects in this film have been the best I've seen in YEARS and it makes me so happy to see REAL FX and know it can be done this good without so much damn CGI (take a hint future horror films!). There is also a fantastic twist at the end that I did not see coming at all (and I can't even say it! DAMMIT!). Basically, this is so far my BEST horror film of 2013 and I just cannot see one coming out in the near future that will beat it. Even if you hate the remake craze, like me, you MUST see this as it is not a true remake and is actually something fresh and new instead of just a re-hash. The film will hit theaters nationwide on April 5th and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU better be there!!! If you want more good horror with ACTUAL FX, you have to show you want it!

Redband Trailer:
ALSO, DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL THE CREDITS ARE OVER!!! Half of the people at the screening did and missed out...it was only a quick little bit, but let's just say those who did stay were all on their feet fist pumping and saying "Hell yeah!" so please don't go!!!

Whew! Ok, I think I didn't spoil anything...my job is done here...

6 comments:

Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

I am not reading this, I am not reading this... I am not reading this...

Rhonny Reaper said...

It's Spoiler Free!!! I guarantee it!!! Although it was the fucking HARDEST THING TO DO, I didn't spoil anything!!!

PhilH said...

Is he in it (you know who) - even in a cameo?

Rhonny Reaper said...

I can't even say that! All I can say is STAY!!!!!!

Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

this is why... i cannot read this.... arrrggghhh i know that is the question on every-bodies mind... damn me for checking back... dammit

Francisco Gonzalez said...

Cool! Thanks for the review! Great to hear a true horror fan loved it! I'm dying to see this myself....I'm getting a group of friends together for it, it's gonna be awesome! Yeeeah! Thanks!